“Witch”-Gate: Binky & WRAL got some ‘splainin’ to do

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WRAL’s  Mark “Binky” Binker — Cagney to Laura Leslie’s Lacey — has had the North Carolina political world atwitter over his reporting about DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos’ recent appearance before a legislative committee. He included  a quote attributed to Senate Democrat leader Martin Nesbitt that appeared to suggest Nesbitt was calling Wos a ‘witch.’

Other media outlets ran with the reporting that included that quote.   The problem is — video of the hearing (fast forward to 3:25) in question appears to suggest Binker did a bit of creative writing.

Binker originally quoted Nesbitt saying THIS:

“I’ve been sitting in here reading it and digesting it for the past two hours,” Nesbitt said. “The second thing is, it’s not a witch hunt to try to find out what went on, and all of these changes were made by this administration after they took over … There’s not – maybe the lady who wrote the article was on a witch hunt. I think she found one.”

Now, if you browse over to WRAL’s site, you’ll see this article has been inexplicably edited:

“I’ve been sitting in here reading it and digesting it for the past two hours,” Nesbitt said. “The second thing is, it’s not a witch hunt to try to find out what went on, and all of these changes were made by this administration after they took over … There’s not – maybe the lady who wrote the article was on a witch hunt. I think she found one – a little.”

Well — as those TV anchors have always said, let’s go to the tape.  After watching and listening to WRAL’s own video, I found that the last sentence in the above Nesbitt quote should read: “I think she found a little.”  That’s a far cry from the original quote.

WRAL’s site shows Binker’s original story was posted on Tuesday, and “updated” on Saturday.  The update — amazingly, even with the availability of videoSTILL got it wrong.

Did the personal feelings of Binker or the editorial staff ooze into the content of Binker’s post?   Is this evidence of a political agenda by Binker and / or WRAL?  Or is it incompetence? Either way — this inflicts a beating on Binker and WRAL’s credibility as a news source.

WRAL viewers need a serious, credible explanation here.  It looks like senator Nesbitt and secretary Wos also deserve an apology.

 

3 thoughts on ““Witch”-Gate: Binky & WRAL got some ‘splainin’ to do

  1. Mark “publish-gun-owners-names-and-addresses” Binker caught in journalistic malpractice. No big surprise. Perhaps the citizens in the WRAL viewing area should get together and create an online database containing the names and addresses of all “journalists” caught in a lie. It would be a large database indeed. We could name it the “Binkybase: media hall of shame.”

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